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Danielle Desjarlais and Kateri Lucier-Laboucan, Indigenous Design Studio at Brook McIlroy Inc.

Indigenous Planning Perspectives Task Force Report


The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)’s Indigenous Planning Perspectives Task Force Report’s ninth recommendation, Facilitation of Learning, states that OPPI should: “… Facilitate access to resources and learning on Indigenous topicsAs well as classroom sessions, conference events and webinars, OPPI must encourage informal learning, such as attending Indigenous events and programs, learning through conversation, reading books by Indigenous authors, engaging in communities of interest, and so on."

Accordingly, this resource list facilitates access to some resources to encourage learning on Indigenous topics. Where possible, links to digital versions of material are provided. This list is not intended to be comprehensive and is meant to serve as a starting point for planning practitioners in their respective learning journeys.

Please note that this resource list may be amended over time to reflect the availability of new, or updated resources. To suggest an additional resource for this list, or to discuss any other matters pertaining to resources on Indigenous planning topics, please contact

Introductory and Foundational Resources

Academic and Organizational Resources

  • Blair, Peggy J. Lament for a First Nation: The Williams Treaties of Southern Ontario. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008.
  • Deloria, Vine. God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, 30th Anniversary Edition. New York: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.
  • Eades, G. (2015). Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place, and Identity in Indigenous Communities. 2nd ed. Montreal and Kingston: McGill- Queens University Press.
  • Havard, Gilles. The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701: French-native Diplomacy in the Seventeenth Century. Montreal: McGill-Queens Univ. Press, 2001.
  • Herbert Nabigon, Rebecca Hagey, Schulyer Webster, and Robert MacKay. "The Learning Circle as a Research Method: The Trickster and Windigo in Research." Native Social Work Journal2, no. 1 (1999): 113-37.
  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2015.
  • Labelle, Kathryn Magee. Dispersed but Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth-century Wendat People. Place of Publication Not Identified: Univ Of Brit Columbia Press, 2014.
  • Schmalz, Peter S. The Ojibwa of Southern Ontario. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991.
  • Seed, Patricia. Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New World, 1492-1649. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Sioui, Georges E. For an Amerindian Autohistory: An Essay on the Foundations of a Social Ethic. Montrâeal: McGill-Queens University Press, 1992.
  • Smith, Donald B. Sacred Feathers: The Reverend Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Indians. University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • "Two-Eyed Seeing." Guiding Principles (Two Eyed Seeing) | Integrative Science.
  • Williams, Kayanesenh Paul. Kayanerenkó:wa: The Great Law of Peace. Winnipeg, Manitoba: University of Manitoba Press, 2018.

  • Alfred, T. (2017). It’s all about the land. In Peter McFarlane & Nicole Schabus (Eds), Whose land is it anyway? A Manual for decolonization. Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC.
  • Ball, Jennifer, Caldwell, Wayne, and Pranis, Kay. Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning (2009).
  • Barry, J. & Porter, L. (2011). Indigenous recognition in state-based planning systems: Understanding textual mediation in the contact zone. Planning Theory, 11(2): 170-187.
  • Berkes, F. (2012). Sacred Ecology. Canada: Routledge.
  • Borrows, J. (1997). Living between Water and Rocks: First Nations, Environmental Planning and Democracy. The University of Toronto Law Journal, 47(4), 417-468.
  • Borrows, J. (2005). Crown and Aboriginal Occupations of Land: A History & Comparison. Ipperwash Inquiry, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Borrows, J. (2015). The Durability of Terra Nullius: Tsilhoqot’in Nation V British Columbia. UBC Law Review, 48(3): 701
  • Dorries, H. (2012). Rejecting the "False Choice": Foregrounding Indigenous Sovereignty in Planning Theory and Practice. Doctor of Philosophy. University of Toronto.
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities: Community Economic Development Initiative.
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. "Land as Pedagogy: Nishnaabeg Intelligence and Rebellious Transformation." Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 3, no. 3 (2014): 1-25.
  • Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations. Winnipeg, Man.: Arbeiter Ring, 2009.
  • Macklem, P. (2001). Indigenous Difference and the Constitution of Canada. University of Toronto Press Inc, Toronto, ON.
  • Millette, Daniel M. "Incremental Planning: The Tsawwassen First Nation Experience." Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development 19, no. 1, 28-43.
  • Millette, Daniel M. "Land Use Planning on Aboriginal Lands- Towards a New Model for Planning on Reserve Lands." Canadian Journal of Urban Research 20, no. 2, 1-xx.
  • Natcher, David C., Ryan Christopher Walker, and Theodore S. Jojola. Reclaiming Indigenous Planning. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2013.
  • Scott, D.N. (2017). The Environment, Federalism, and the Charter. In Oliver, P., Macklem, P. & Des Rosiers, N. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution. Oxford University Press. 
  • Regan, P. (2010). Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth-Telling, and     Reconciliation in Canada. UBC Press: Vancouver, BC.
  • Porter, L & Barry, J. (2016). Planning for Coexistence? : Recognizing Indigenous Rights Through Land- Use Planning in Canada and Australia, Routledge. 
  • Pasternak, S. (2014). Jurisdiction and Settler colonialism: Where do laws meet? Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 29(2): 145-161.
  • Bélanger Pierre, Christopher Alton, and Nina-Marie Lister. “Decolonization of Planning.” Essay. In Extraction Empire: Undermining the Systems, States, and Scales of Canada's Global Resource Empire, 2017-1217. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2018.
  • Dorries, Heather. “Rejecting the False Choice: Foregrounding Indigenous Sovereignty in Planning Theory and Practice,” 2014.
  • “Assessing the Duty to Consult.” Fraser Institute, n.d.

Cover image: Danielle Desjarlais and Kateri Lucier-Laboucan, Indigenous Design Studio at Brook McIlroy Inc.

The graphic is based on the Prophesy of the Seven Fires of the Anishinaabe and the idea that we are currently in the time of the seventh fire, when a choice will be made that will determine the future. This is highly relevant to the issue of planning and climate change. This is why the seventh fire at the top of the graphic is without colour. The outcome is up to us as a collective.